Category Archives: New York

PRIDE The Series Online Now


A brand new controversial web series hits the digital scene!

PRIDE: The Series reflects real life experiences not only in the LGBTQ community, but also with an honest approach to the average person’s search for identity in New York City.


In an effort to expose good vs. evil in a society focused on discrimination, PRIDE: The series explores the reality of living with difficult circumstances. Painted with sex, drugs, heartache, and multicultural characters, this web series aims to prove that even the most diverse people can face similar battles, creating quite a bond.

For a glimpse into the life of PRIDE, check out the trailer:

(6 chapters out now!)


Mark MacKillop Photo Book RM. FOURTEEN

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Mark MacKillop is a singer actor dancer. Originally from Vancouver he studied ballet in Vancouver with Li Yaming at Pacific DanceArts and spent summers training with the Boston Ballet and American Ballet Theater in New York, both on full scholarship. After three years dancing with the Atlanta Ballet Mark moved to New York to pursue musical theatre and just finished a year on tour playing Riff with the international production of West Side Story – which leads us to this story about Mark!


From Huffington Post:   New York performer Mark MacKillop offers musical theater fans a provocative peek at the offstage life of a working actor in his coffee table book, Rm. XIV.

The new book comprises 80 black-and-white selfies of MacKillop in various stages of undress, shot in various hotel rooms around the world while he was in the midst of an international tour of “West Side Story” last year.

Though the steamy images will no doubt set pulses racing, MacKillop sees Rm. XIV as capturing “physicality, composition, reflection” as opposed to being intentionally scintillating.

“I  had just finished a year touring all over Europe and Israel with the international production of West Side Story.  During the course of my time abroad i started taking pictures of myself in each hotel room I stayed in.   This quickly became a staple of my experience on tour.”

“ Surprisingly traveling around with 30 cast members and a 30 piece orchestra left me feeling incredibly isolated and at times lonely. I used the photos as a way of connecting with friends who I was separated from to give them a unique, intimate look at my life on the road,” MacKillop, who originally hails from Canada, told The Huffington Post. Noting that he shot all of the images on his iPhone with a self-timer app, he added, “I definitely wouldn’t call myself a photographer. I would just call myself an artist exploring in various mediums.”

MacKillop, who is openly gay, said the photos also represent a very personal journey, and were partly inspired by Tom of Finland in addition to his own ballet and modern dance training.

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A very successful kickstarter campaign was launched and the book was printed!

(Photo Right :  is from one of the MANY fashion shoots Mark has done. Photographer Walter Kurtz Emporio Armani Underwear.  See more  on Pinterest.)



Having performed in the 2014 installment of “Broadway Bares,” MacKillop will donate a portion of the proceeds from Rm. XIV to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA). In addition, the book will feature an introduction by Tony Award-winning “Kinky Boots” star Billy Porter and a foreword authored by New York artist Robert W. Richards.

You can read more about Rm. XIV here.    BUY  THE BOOK!

Sneak Peak  Video  on YouTube

Instagram @markmackillop
Twitter @mark_mackillop


Eternity – The Movie

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“Note perfect…Strikes just the right chord.” – Fanboy Planet

“Seriously hard-core tongue in cheek love card to the 1980s.” – Frontiers LA

Get ready to laugh to the max for all of eternity.” – Content Magazine

With a cast of hot newcomers and veteran character actors, VFRPR and Sidecar Productions are bringing Eternity: The Movie to theater screens in all of its 80’s glory beginning October 17th in New York at the AMC Empire 25, October 24th in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Music Hall 3, with additional markets across North America to follow.

Regrettable fashion, synthesized riffs, and power ballads dominate the 1985 music scene. That’s when Todd Lucas, a young and talented musician, moves to Los Angeles in hopes of making it big. Searching for someone to share his passion for smooth R&B music, Todd meets up with BJ Fairchild, a cocky loner who is convinced his life is more glamorous than it is.

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The two musicians have big dreams but little future until their best friend, Gina Marie, gets them the break of a lifetime. Fate brings them together, love tears them apart, and their songs of heartbreak and loss redefine their genre. Todd and BJ epitomize the awkwardness of an era while becoming R&B’s most mediocre duo… Eternity.

The film features performances from a mix of rising stars such singer/actor Barrett Crake (Bruno and Earline Go To Vegas), Myko Olivier (TV’s “Castle”), acclaimed vocalist Nikki Leonti (Nikki & Rich, TV’s “Glee”) and cult favorites John Gries (Napoleon Dynamite, Real Genius, The Monster Squad), Martin Kove (The Karate Kid, TV’s “Cagney and Lacey”) and Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts (Runaway Train, Star 80, The Dark Knight), whose role as the duo’s fey store manager Frontiers LA called “worth the price of admission alone”.





Fashion Week Groupies Who Know Nothing


Why do people lie when they know nothing about a topic of conversation?

As  Fashion Week was wrapping up in New York City  Jimmy Kimmel  sent a crew to Lincoln Center and asked people about designers, trends and events that do not exist. (Chandler Bing, Betsey Ross, Bartles & Jaymes, Teddy Ruxpin, Antonin Scalia, and Phil Robertson).

Somehow that didn’t stop them from giving their opinions in this special Fashion Week Edition of #LieWitnessNews.

Many of people were gay and made fools of themselves!




Barney Frank Documentary will be Produced by Alec Baldwin

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A lot of people call Alec Baldwin  homophobic   and anti gay.

The former MSNBC host Alec Baldwin who came under fire in June for calling a reporter a “toxic little queen” on Twitter, has been caught on camera threatening the paparazzi and using anti-gay slurs while doing so.

TMZ, where you can watch the clip: The video shows Baldwin —  who was with his wife and baby  — taking off in angry pursuit after the pap (not ours) … yelling, cursing and calling him a “c**ksucking f*g.”

FAMOUS drag queen Lady Bunny came to his defense last month in Huffington Post. And I have to agree,  Should we really be decimating the man’s entire career over a few angry words that flew out of his mouth during an angry exchange at the end of a draining trial? Dan points out, “We often revert to high-school-era insults when we’re deeply upset.”

It’s a great read!

DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD  reports: Alec Baldwin has signed on as executive producer of Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank, a new documentary about the openly gay ex-Massachusetts Congressman which debuts next month at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Baldwin will be conducting a Q&A with Frank at Tribeca after the film’s April 27 festival premiere. “Barney Frank is a personal hero of mine,” he said in a statement. “His legacy in Congress – and his historic importance as the first openly gay and married Congressman – important for our country.”


Male Model Singer Quentin Elias Has Massive Heart Attack


Sadly, model, actor, singer QUENTIN ELIAS died yesterday of a massive heart attack. He may have been 33 – or 39, no one knew for sure. The official press release will come today – many people speculate steroids were the cause – Quentin always said he  never ever did any drugs.

Strangely, the last song he recorded in October, Why Did You Leave Me Now, Why Did You Die, will become his own swan song.

Elias has modeled for several fashion designers such as Armani and Jean Paul Gaultier.

He relocated to New York in 2002 and released the single “Always the Last to Say Goodbye”. He also performed at local gay venues and events such as Splash Bar, and Tom of Finland events.


Besides performing some original songs, Elias has recorded some covers, like Madonna’s song “Holiday”, and “Shattered Dreams” by British pop group Johnny Hates Jazz. Continuing to perform and record, Elias released a maxi single “Serve It Up” in 2005 and a solo album “What If I?”

In September 2005, he started his own corporation Quentin Elias Music, Inc.. As a return to the French public after years in the States, he engaged in a comeback tour in 2011 and 2012, that included dates various European francophone venues under the title “Quentin Elias (Re Invented)” promoting his new release and remakes of old hits.


A year later he returned with the Justify 2013 Tour.  Here is our tribute to him….more at the end…

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Barneys Has Bruce Weber Turn His Lense to Transgender for Upcoming Catalog

 I am really surprised this has not happened sooner. New York Times reports, Arin Andrews and Katie Hill (left photo) do not look out of place in the new Barneys
New York campaign.

 Both have nonexistent hips, are right in the ballpark
of six feet tall and aren’t yet old enough for a legal drink. But
there’s one marked difference between them and the models you ordinarily
see on runways and in the pages of Vogue and Elle: Mr. Andrews, 17, was
born a girl, and Ms. Hill, 19, a boy.

They are just two of nearly 20 transgender models photographed by Bruce
Weber who will appear in the new Barneys catalog and magazine campaign,
wearing clothes from designers like Ann Demeulemeester, Balenciaga,
Lanvin and Manolo Blahnik. 

World AIDS Day and Margo Manhattan

  December 1st marks the
25th observance of World AIDS Day.
This year’s theme is fittingly “Shared Responsibility:
Strengthening results for an AIDS-free generation.”  More than 1.1 million people are
infected with HIV in the United States and 20% more may be infected without
knowing it. An
interactive map
details reported diagnoses across
the country according to race, economics, gender and age.  STD testing, prevention and education is
key in the fight against this epidemic.  

In the 90’s Margo Manhattan created the universally recognized red
ribbon lapel pin for AIDS awareness. This furthered Margo’s reputation
as a visionary, socially aware and iconic jewelry designer. Margo’s
sleek, versatile designs are elegant with an edge, captivating and sexy.
Her passion for inventiveness and signature “of the moment we live in”
comes through eloquently in every aspect of her jewelry. Visit
the new Margo Manhattan boutique on 88th and Madison and explore her
collections or commission a special piece for you or your loved ones.
Find her on Facebook (her website was acting up this week).

New Kind of Scouts Accepts EVERYONE

 YEA for  Brooklyn dad Todd Schweikert!

The Boy Scouts is an antiquated sinking ship losing funding left and right! So Todd wanted to look for an alternative. 
  DNA Info reports:

Schweikert, a 33-year-old Windsor Terrace
resident whose son goes to P.S. 154, researched several alternative
scouting options, including groups like Camp Fire. He settled on the
Baden-Powell Service Association to be the parent organization of his
troop. Like other traditional scouting groups, BPSA teaches “woodcraft,”
or how to survive outdoors. BPSA troops also use what’s called the
“patrol method” to divide scouts into teams that each have a leader
nominated by other scouts.

BPSA troops are open to both boys and
girls, and unlike the Boy Scouts of America, there is less talk of God
and religion
in official scouting laws, Schweikert said. The troop
welcomes kids as young as 5 years old, who are known as Otters. At age
8, scouts graduate to Timberwolves.

His 7-year-old son is a charter member of the 5th Brooklyn Scouts,
which accepts boys, girls and all sexual orientations while believing
that prejudice is best snuffed out like an untended campfire.

“The tipping point was the BSA’s approach to gay scouts and the gay
and lesbian parents,” Schweikert wrote in an email to The Huffington
Post. Any form of discrimination, no matter how small, is never ok and
not something I can endorse and wish to teach to my children.

Schweikert told HuffPost that he has received a “great response from gay and lesbian parents, as well as straight.”

Schweikert’s troop, to be called the
Fifth Brooklyn Scouts, will meet weekly at the Brooklyn Society for
Ethical Culture on Prospect Park West. The location is well-positioned
for excursions to Prospect Park for “nature observation,” but scouts
will also embark on overnight camping trips and weekend hikes. The troop
will learn classic scouting skills like knot-tying and community
service projects, and they’ll earn badges after they accomplish specific


David Beckhams Underwear at H&M

Frankly, I have seen David Beckham look better. Mind you, I would not kick him out of bed for eating crackers – I just think he has looked better.

That said, the father-of-four shows off his toned physique, as well as his many tattoos, in the pictures that were shot in L.A. by photographer Alasdair McLellan.

Posting the pictures on his Facebook
page this morning, Beckham wrote: ‘Hey everyone, here are a few shots
from my new Bodywear range for H&M. Hope you like them.’

Fans responded in their thousands by
‘liking’ the pictures and commenting on how ‘hot’ and ‘handsome’ the
star looks with his moustache and quiff hair do. –  again, not a fan of that daddy look! Just sayin!

The L.A. Galaxy player joined joined
forces with H&M to design a range of underwear for men in February,
following in the footsteps of his fashion designer wife, Victoria.

In a statement he said: ‘I am so
excited about this new campaign for David Beckham Bodywear at H&M. I
wanted to express the strength and quality of the David Beckham
Bodywear collection with these images and also the wearability and fit.

‘I love the range and feel so comfortable in each of the pieces. It has become second nature for me to wear it!’

In addition to his new campaign, nine 10-foot statues of the soccer star
will be placed throughout New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco.


OXD Occupy The Disco with David Morales

(OXD), a New York City based movement, was  created by three music lovers, Ru Bhatt, Josh Appelbaum, and Tadeu Magalhães.


It was through music and nightlife that gay people in New York City,
for decades, changed concepts, gained supporters, and helped others be
happy with who they are all over the world. Our music re-shaped the mainstream, pushed boundaries, united our community, and made room for the future.

Mainstream music has now adopted much of our sound. Nightclub
promoters and DJs are pushed to only give us that which is familiar,
that which is safe. As such, many members of our community have lost the
ability to question, to experience the unknown. We must uphold our
legacy as cultural leaders in society and continue to evolve.

Our goal is simple: to re-unite the gay community in NYC through
music. To create rich and fun experiences. To dance. To feel free. To
move beyond what’s familiar. To reclaim our role as tastemakers. We want
to go further than what we already know and be surprised with new,
exciting music. And we will work to bring this back.

This is our call: Occupy The Disco.

There are now parties happening in NY which you can find on their blog –

PLUS , WATCH THE VIDEO by Grammy award-winning producer and DJ David Morales  with former Moloko chanteuse and Irish disco diva, Róisín Murphy. Morales is
famous for his days DJing at Paradise Garage, Stereo and Ministry of
Sound, as well as his remixes of pop songs from the likes of Mariah Carey, Kylie Minogue, and more. Creating a veritable “dream team” of sorts, Murphy’s vocals smoothly complement Morales’ robust production. The song’s lyrics (and video)
elicit images of times past; mourning the end of many different “golden
eras”, while leaving it open to the listener to interpret which era is
in question. While we think the original is great, we prefer this remix
as Morales finishes it off with his signature disco beat. 

released on iTunes – and soon a  new CD!



Help Nick Adams Raise $$$ For AIDS Walk NY

How can you resist that face???

Every year BEST GAY NEW supports the AIDS WALK New York. (May 20, 2012)

AND since we are huge fans of Priscilla, and secretly in love with NICK ADAMS (ok, so it’s not a secret) we like to put our support behind Nick for the AIDS  WALK.

Nick gives, and gives and gives whenever he can to great causes like
Broadway Bares and AIDS WALK NY.  (He has even been crowned Broadway Hero by  “I enjoy giving my time to great causes, and it makes me feel good to know I can help in some way.”

Nick sent us this note, to share with our readers….


Last year I participated in AIDS WALK NY
and with your help was able to raise over $20,000!
This year I want to
surpass that total. 

I’m offering backstage tours of the Palace theatre at Priscilla Queen of the Desert to donations of $500 or more! 

I’ll personally take you backstage after a performance and show you behind the scenes of our hit Broadway musical! 

Simply make your tax deductible contribution of $500 or more to my personal page here

Then send me your confirmation email from AIDS WALK NY once you’ve received it and I’ll
coordinate a date that works for us!

Thank you!


Nick Adams

Nick Adams’ Donation Page for AIDS WALK NYC


Rainbow Flag Creator Gilbert Baker Joins NYU Chick-Fil-A Protest

The Gothamist reported Yesterday a small but committed group of NYU students were joined by Gilbert Baker,
the designer of the rainbow flag which has come to symbolize LGBT
culture and equality, for a protest against chicken corporation
Chick-Fil-A. Organized by student Hillary Dworkoski, protesters—some
dressed as chickens—marched in front of the university carrying signs
saying “Eat more equality,” and “Don’t feed us hate.”

In case you’re still in the dark about how a delicious chicken
sandwich came to cause such an uproar, Dworkoski explains, “Chick-Fil-A,
in 2009 alone, through their tax records, it shows that they donated
two million dollars through their charitable arm, WinShape, to anti-gay
groups including Focus on the Family, Family Research Council, Exodus International. Exodus International, for example, tries to cure gay people through ex-gay therapy.
Family Research Council is one of the groups that spread lies about gay
people, they say that pedophilia is a homosexual problem.”

While only one Chick-Fil-A exists in New York City (on the NYU
campus), that is one too many for gay rights activists. In January,
Dworkoski started her petition
to drive out the homophobic chain. Three months later, she has almost
13,000 signatures. While other vendors can be banned from campus for
human rights violations, John Sexton (President, NYU) and the Student
Senators Council maintain that this is a political issue, and they can’t
get involved, “I guess they just don’t see that gay rights are human
rights,” says Dworkoski.

Dworkoski has been fighting this cause for a while
and is running for a spot as Senator so that she can be on the Student
Senators Council next year and pursue Chick-Fil-A through student
government. “Even if Chick-Fil-A is never banned from campus, at least
we’re raising awareness about it and that’s 13,000 more people that
aren’t eating Chick-Fil-A,” Dworkoski said. And over at Gawker
today, GOOD magazine editor Cord Jefferson brings the hammer down on all those who continue to give Chick-Fil-A their business.


First Ever LGBT Art Museum in New York City MoGLA

First & Only Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art Launches


Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York City

Receives Museum Accreditation

from State of New York

Even well after the cultural wars of the mid 1980’s, the representation of sexual difference in art has been aggressively policed. And America’s museums, with few notable exceptions, have been silent in the face of what is now the most vocal contemporary civil rights frontier. But there has never been a shortage of gay and lesbian art on display in America’s museums; what has been lacking is the courage to articulate that fact and to illustrate how the artist’s sexuality influenced his/her art.   Now, for the first time, a new museum in New York will finally show what has been hiding in plain sight.  With the recent accreditation by the State of New York as an official Museum, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (MoGLA) has become the first and only museum of gay and lesbian art in the world. 

Charles Leslie and his late partner Fritz Lohman – who organized their first small exhibition of gay art the same year as the Stonewall riots in 1969 – founded the new Museum with their multi-million dollar gift.   It is now run by a Board of Directors, helmed by Prof.  Jonathan David Katz, the co-curator of the recent Hide/Seek – the first major museum exhibit to focus on themes of gender and sexuality in modern American portraiture.  The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art focuses on gender and sexuality, in the still relatively unexplored historical, socio-political and cultural context in which these gay and lesbian artists lived.

“While until recently, queer art exhibitions assumed an audience of mostly queer visitors, a new generation of queer cultural institutions instead seeks to make queer art visible to a mainstream audience. If we learned anything from the record setting attendance of Hide/Seek it was that people of all stripes were hungry for precisely the information the big museums have been censoring for decades now,” said Katz.

The museum has announced an aggressive programming schedule for  the Fall of 2012, featuring the first major American retrospective of transgender photographer Del LaGrace Volcano.  ( Widely exhibited in European museums, the American- born Volcano has been almost completely ignored in this country, and represents, according to Katz, “exactly the rationale for this new museum.”  This fall will also see a major exhibit of legendary American artist Paul Thek’s early work in the context of his gay social circle of the fifties and sixties, and will include many works never exhibited before. While there was an exhibit of Paul Thek’s work at the Whitney Museum in 2010-11, these early works were not shown. “This will be the first exhibition of Thek ever mounted that reveals how powerfully his gayness structured his early work,” said Katz.

(There will be a separate announcement about these shows coming later.).


The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art has a permanent collection of more than 6,000 objects spanning more than three centuries of gay and lesbian art.  The new museum will mount historical, thematic, and survey exhibitions drawn not only from its permanent collection but also from museums and private collections around the world.   Its programs include 6-8 major exhibitions a year, film screenings, plays, poetry readings, artist and curator talks, panel discussions, THE ARCHIVE (a quarterly newsletter focusing on gay and lesbian art and artists), a membership program, a research library and an archive of the permanent collection.  


Though newly accredited as the first dedicated gay and lesbian art museum in the world, the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, founded by Charles W. Leslie and Fritz Lohman, has for more than 20 years, persevered in its mission to exhibit, preserve and foster the works of gay and lesbian art and artists. The new museum will now exhibit and analyze a wider range of art and artists, national and international, while staying true to its mission.  A non-profit, membership organization, the museum is committed to offering all of its exhibitions with no admission charge. 


Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (MoGLA)

26 Wooster Street

(btwn Canal & Grand)

New, York, NY  10013


Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat: Noon-6pm


Boycott HRC for Honoring Goldman Sachs

As the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, the Human Rights
Campaign represents a force of more than one million members and
supporters nationwide — all committed to making HRC’s vision a reality.

HRC is NOT  a  non profit – and in recent years, I believe, their dinners are all about who throws them the most money. For  lobbying. Allegedly.

Now, with this announcement of HRC honoring Goldman Sachs, this publisher, WILL NO LONGER SUPPORT  HRC.

Queer/LGBTIQA2Z Occupy Wall Street, a caucus of the NYC based Occupy
Wall Street movement, announced today that it will protest a Human
Rights Campaign (HRC) Gala honoring Goldman Sachs on Saturday February
4, 2012 at the Waldorf Astoria.

In contrast to the $650 a plate Gala, the Queer/LGBTIQA2Z Caucus will
host a “Guerrilla Potluck” on the sidewalk outside of the prestigious
hotel at 50th Street & Park Avenue from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Queer Caucus:  1.  Condemns HRC for honoring Goldman Sachs, 2.
 Calls upon HRC to adopt a strategy of Full Equality by 2014, and 3.
 Demands that HRC create a transparent process that includes the

1.  The Queer Caucus condemns HRC’s decision to honor Goldman Sachs in a
time of financial collapse caused by their own unethical business practices
and greed,
and deplores the use of our cause and suffering for
corporate public relations.    HRC honoring Goldman Sachs at this time
reveals all one needs to know about the corporate LGBT lobby, and its
disconnect from the 99% and the LGBT people it purports to represent.

2.  The Queer Caucus calls upon HRC to embrace the grassroots demand for
Full Federal Equality by 2014 – the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil
Rights Act.

After 60 years of struggle, there is still not a single federal
non-discrimination law protecting LGBT Americans from discrimination.
 More incredibly, HRC, the corporate entity that controls our strategy,
is not even seeking equal protection for our community.

To address this, the Queer Caucus calls on HRC to take The Pledge for
Full LGBT Equality to seek and secure full non-discrimination
protections based on sexual orientation and gender identify for all

The right to be protected from discrimination secures a core liberty
interest.  And it is the duty of government to protect LGBT Americans
from the harm caused by discrimination as a matter of public welfare,
law and conscience, as it has for decades for all other oppressed

As HRC restrains the demand for equality, discrimination takes its
insidious toll on LGBT Americans who suffer vast psychological harm
rejected by their families and society, driven to suicide at 5 times the
heterosexual norm by tormenting, minority stress afflictions, and lost

A whopping 40% of homeless youth identity as LGBT, 66% of Transgender
people have been fired or not hired for a job, 60% of our youth are
taunted and feel unsafe at school, and LGBT people are 6x more likely to
have multiple mental stress disorders due to societal discrimination.

“Homo/transphobia in America is a public health and economic emergency
for our community” said Michael Tikile, an occupier and Duke University
graduate. “We are not safe in school, work or housing. How are we
supposed to live, pursue happiness or achieve economic equality?”

3.  The Queer Caucus also demand that HRC open the process with transparency and grassroots inclusion.

Currently, HRC operates under a closed, hierarchical system, controlled
by a financial elite, insulated from grassroots input.   Likewise, in
Congress, Democrat House members Barney Frank, Jared Polis and Tammy
Baldwin, keep the grassroots out of the conversation, protecting the DNC
strategy from movement agitation and impact.

With this structure in place, queer occupiers know that only a handful
of privileged voices are setting the national queer agenda and strategy,
defining what “LGBT equality” means and who our friends are.

For example, HRC’s key sponsors includes a long list of big businesses
that contributed to recent economic and environmental distress,
including Citi Bank, Bank of America, Chevron, BP, Shell, Morgan
Stanley, MetLife, Deloitte, Lexus, Prudential, and Ernst & Young.
This  is  BS. HRC  should not be taking corporate  blood money.

“With all of these companies, you’d expect the power to be on our side!
 But instead, our community is simply a tool and pawn in the political
system” said Tanya Walker, an original occupier and tireless transgender

Simply put, the Queer Caucus demands equal non-discrimination
protections under the 1964 Civil Rights Act because equality is the only
true antidote to LGBT abuse  – like it has proven to be for race, sex,
national origin, religion, age and disability – long protected from
discrimination by law.

“Equality and non-discrimination are universal values that define basic
human dignity” said Todd (Tif) Fernandez, a human rights lawyer and
grassroots activist.  “It is our civic duty as Americans to protect and
respect the LGBT community immediately.”

Please Take the Pledge for Full LGBT Equality (by 2014) (

Join the Guerrilla Potluck ( Bring flashlights.

Join Queer/LGBTIQA2Z OWS Caucus organizing, Sundays at 1pm, 60 Wall Street or on FB


Musical AVANTGARDE to be Released this Month on CD

The Classic Broadway HIT Musical “AVANTGARDE”
Soundtrack… will finally be released via Famous
Records/EMG/UMG INC.

New York singer/songwriter Ernest Kohl has spent years trying to make this happen. He explains, “When I was 16  I starred in a Broadway musical that had a huge wonderful
successful opening  and  was eventually moved uptown to B-way & was selling
out every night to great reviews. It was  AVANTGARDE.

Well, Actors Equity unfortunately went
in to new rules  and  4 big musicals closed.  Ours was one of them- the Original Cast Recording was
never released and because of that, it put a lot of actors out of work.

It is very sad, that over the years  ALL of the guys in the original cast,  outside of me,  have passed away from

All the woman are still living and  many have great
careers & TONY’s now!

 I promised my best
friends on their deathbeds,  I would get this Cast Album out- Somehow, some day. And over the years, this has been my goal.

Finally on December  31st – The Original Cast Album of “AVANTGARDE” will be released!  I am so excited. It has  
been fully restored & remastered & with a special bonus  track
added (it did not fit on vinyl back then).

 Now it will
finally be out on CD & on Digial Download for the world to experience it’s
I succeeded in  my mission.

 There is even talk of a revival if the
album does well…it would have to be re-done & up-dated. But that’s why
this legendary Cast album (that’s now has huge cult appeal ) must come
out & we had so many requests for it.

 It is exciting that the original Cast Musical
“AVANTGARDE” will be released & the beautiful voices of our lost men
to Aids will finally be heard by the world and I was able to keep my promise to
them! We are dedicating it in memorial trubite to the guys lost.” 

Pre-order NOW –  Under $10   @  AMAZON! Avantgarde – The Musical

WATCH  THE VIDEO – with fully  restored  images  from the show!


BY “THE NEW YORK REMIXERS” Which currently have the
#1 Comp. on the World Chart  “THE LEGENDS OF DANCE”


Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays LIVE Tonight

Tonight is the big National Event for the new off-Broadway show Standing on
Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays. 

Over 40 theaters nation wide will be
performing Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays in the US and

Tune in TONIGHT, Monday November 7th to beginning
at 8pm EST to watch an introduction and live Q&A from the National
Event for @Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays. Follow us on
twitter @gaymarriageplay and tweet your questions using #asksoc


Tune in to the National Event of @gaymarriageplay tonight at beginning at 8pm EST.  Ask questions at #asksoc

Standing On Ceremony


Nathan Manske Shares I’m From Driftwood Stories with Huffington Post

 The Huffington Post
is one of the largest news sources in the world, read by 37 million unique visitors a month.

I’m From Driftwood was thrilled when we were asked to contribute our stories on their newly launched Gay Voices page. Our first video story was just posted today.

For our Huffington Post kickoff, we decided to share a story that touched so many of our viewers. Sam’s story focuses on his childhood experience with conversion therapy. It’s a difficult story to watch but a very important one to share. As guest contributors to the Gay Voices page, we’re looking forward to reaching the huge Huffington Post readership with Sam’s courageous story and many more of yours in the future.

Check out Sam’s story on the Huffington Post .”

Nathan Manske
I’m From Driftwood

Nathan said today,”The reactions to yesterday’s Huffington Post story was astounding. I never stop being amazed at what affect the simple power of storytelling and storysharing has on people.!

This project is SO IMPORTANT!  Your financial commitment to IFD will help them  continue their  mission of story collecting and sharing. Recurring donations are especially crucial as they expand their reach and make  stories more diverse and accessible to the world.



IT’S HERE!  and  it’s  FREE! 
Free Music from Cazell
and  Jamie  B. 

Faggotronic  Vol.  1


IT’S HERE!  and  it’s  FREE!  Free Music from Cazell and  Jamie  B. 

a 23-song megamix! introduced by AMANDA LEPORE!  HOT!  HOT!  HOTTTTTT!

There is actually a whole bunch of free downloads, including a remix tape from Ultra Nate!

Check it out!



Globetrotting Around the World with Jesse Archer and His Recent Interview with Adaumbelles Quest

 Jesse Archer is an award-winning writer, actor, and director of film and stage.

JESSE  is working his ass off these days!  He now lives in Sydney with his partner, but he recently traveled back to the US for series of projects.

Early April he was in Los Angeles – “I had a great time with the talented cast & crew of Eating Out 4, now shooting concurrently with its 5th installment in Los Angeles.

Nobody can accuse me of not being a versatile…actor.  For Eating Out 4, I did it in the shower! Phillip J. Bartell and director Allan Brocka wrote a hilarious script and I am thrilled to be a part of it. All I’m going to say is *spoiler alert* that I get to have sex in the shower with a much younger man and then get stabbed to death while coming.  It’s very postmodern Janet Leigh. In other words, dream role!

Got to have some wet fun with sexy star Chris Salvatore.”

Read more about Eating Out 4 on Jesse’s site.

Then our bi-coastal Jesse showed up in New York with his boyfriend –  and also with actor/director Casper Andreas –  doing some promotions for the upcoming release of  Violet Tendencies   DVD. (Available on dvd May 24th).  It’s Caspers and Jesses third film together –  and along with Mindy Cohn (Facts of Life) she plays
a woman tries to distance herself from her gay friends in an effort to land a straight boyfriend.

Jesse attended the “wedding” of some dear friends, while in NYC –  THEN Jesse met with his team in  New York to do some post-production of his upcoming comedy about Fire Island called  HALF SHARE.

THEN, I don’t know how he found the time, he chatted with our New York Blogging Buddy  Adam of Adaumbelles Quest.   Jesse talks about “a  few of my favorite things including travel, movies, Angelina Jolie and Smurfette.  Not in that order!”    –  “Travel keeps you young. You’re always discovering new things, like a child, and are able to incorporate these experiences into your life. As a writer, it’s excellent to absorb new influences and inspiration to keep you fresh.”

Read the Interview at Adaumbelle’s Quest!

Best Gay News


LADY BUNNY Talks Politics with Feast of Fun Podcast

If you are a reader of this site (and our sister site, BestGayNewYork) you’ll know we ADORE Lady Bunny!  Besides being the hardest working drag queen in the business, she is also a great writer who does guest author spots everywhere, including Huffington Post.

She recently caught up with Feast of Fun and their #1 gay podcast.  She speaks brilliantly on poltics, war, and

  she is very well read and has wonderful views and opinions, and Lady Bunny  gives a great conversational interview on Feast of Fun!

It’s a wonderful hour of views and conversation!


WTF is Wrong With Apple Ipod Ipad Freaks?

 WTF is wrong with people?

This is not a gay news –
 just a crazy news!

Amanda Foote is
smiling because earlier today, she sold her spot in the iPad 2 line  (in NYC) for $900. Foote waited outside the Fifth Avenue Apple flagship for almost 41 hours, powering through sleep deprivation, yesterday’s downpour, and an incident in which a stranger stole her donuts. Ultimately, she sold her space to an app developer who told Mashable that he bought it because he wants his new iPad with him when he leaves on a business trip tonight. I don’t think you can write that off dude.

If you had bought Apple stock instead of an iPod back in 2001, you’d be about $10,000 richer. According to an assessment by Kyle Conroy, you’d be a few times richer if you bought Apple stock instead of Apple gear on day of launch.

What does this say about us, as consumers?